4 Ways to Make Sure Your Dog Stays Healthy

4 Ways to Make Sure Your Dog Stays Healthy

Pets are part of the family and as pet owners we want to do everything possible to make sure that they healthy and happy.  If you are a dog owner then you need to know what it takes to keep your dog healthy.  Here are 4 ways to make sure your dog stays healthy and is a part of your family for a long time to come.

Good Food

Your dog’s food is crucial to their good health.  Your dog needs good quality food that offers them the nutrition they need to thrive.  When you go to a grocery or pet store there is an entire wall of different dog foods to choose from.  Some of the low quality food has lots of fillers that your dog has a hard time digesting.  Your dog needs meat as the basis of their diet, they do need some vegetables and grain but the chief ingredient needs to be meat.  Talk with your vet about which dog food they recommend.  You can even try making your own at home, here’s how.

Exercise

Dogs are not so different from people in their basic needs, aside from good food they need plenty of exercise.  Dogs that get overweight end up with a whole host of health problems just like people.  You and your pooch can get some much needed exercise together, grab the leash and head out for a walk a couple of times a day.  It will do you both a world of good.

Disease Prevention

There are all kinds of different diseases that your dog can get even with the best of care.  Some of them you’re probably already familiar with such as rabies, distemper or the Parvo virus.  All of these can be deadly to your dog.  Many of them are completely preventable by taking your dog to the vet when they are just puppies and making sure that they stay up to date with their shots.  Being careful letting your dog off the lead or bringing them around other dogs will help too.  Try and make sure that any dogs you come into contact with already have their shots.

Parasites

Dogs are highly susceptible to parasites both internally and externally.  The most common external parasites are fleas and ticks, both of which can make your dog uncomfortable and sick.  There are a number of options you can choose from to keep your dog free of them, just ask your vet.  Internal parasites, though less common are more serious. Worms are serious and can cause your dog to be bloated and have diarrhea.  Worms can be cleared up relatively easily but if you suspect your dog has worms then they need to be taken to a vet immediately.

 

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Basic Grooming for Your Dog

Basic Grooming for Your Dog

As a pet owner it is your responsibility to look after your dog.  Along with making sure your dog has adequate food and exercise you are also responsible for the grooming of your dog.  Grooming isn’t just making sure your dog looks good it is also crucial to their overall health.  You have the option of taking your dog to a groomer regularly or learning how to do it yourself.  Most breeds of dogs can be groomed regularly by their owners, if you have a dog that need regular haircuts then you may still want to use the services of a groomer.  Let’s look at basic grooming for your dog.

Why You Should Groom Your Dog

Your dog needs to be groomed regularly even if they aren’t a show dog, it reduces the chances of them developing skin conditions like hot spots and thrush along with any parasites they can pick up.  Dogs like to be clean just like people and brushing and grooming your dog helps with that bond that makes them man’s best friend.  It also gives you the chance to examine your dog and make sure that nothing is wrong, they don’t have cuts, swelling or any tender spots that may indicate a more serious condition.

Basic Grooming of Your Dog

If you have decided against spending money on professional grooming services, that’s okay but you’re going to need some supplies for grooming your dog at home.  If you have a short haired dog, they are a bit easier to groom versus long haired dogs but you will have to get the following; dog brush or glove, towels, hair dryer, rubbing alcohol, nail clippers (the doggy kind), ear cleaner, toothbrush, dog shampoo and some cotton balls.  Long haired dogs need basically the same things except for different brushes to help you with the excess fur and shedding.  Now you are ready to go.

Here are the steps in grooming your dog:

  1. Always start by brushing your dog it will make the rest easier
  2. Cut out or shave any matted areas you can’t brush through
  3. Do the brushing in stages so your dog gets a break
  4. Clean around your dog’s eye very carefully
  5. Brush their teeth
  6. Clean their ears
  7. Clip their nails be very careful doing this
  8. Bath time, use only a dog shampoo, shampoo for people can be harmful to your dog

Dogs don’t always enjoy the process of being groomed that is why you need to be patient and give your dog regular breaks.  If you are uncertain about grooming your dog then you may want to check with your local pet store some of them offer grooming clinics where you can learn how to groom your dog with an expert standing by.

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